Is the charging infrastructure and electricity supply ready to face the EVs?

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 9, 2010

Now that top carmakers have developed and produced electric cars that are now about to enter dealer showrooms, the question now is if charging infrastructure and electricity supply are up to the task.

It has yet to be determined if power grids are able to cope with the influx of electric vehicles. But even with this dilemma, EVs are expected to remain, at least for a fraction of the new car market.

At the Paris Auto Show last week, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said that carmakers require a “radical solution” in order to comply with the stricter CO2 emissions regulations.

The Renault-Nissan alliance is investing 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) in electric cars and has reinforced its EV partnership with French utility EDF. At the Paris show, Renault displayed the Fluence and Kangoo EVs and the electric Dezir concept car (shown in the photo gallery).

The partners have also launched pilot projects on battery management and charging infrastructure. According to EDF CEO Henri Proglio, the company is confident that it will achieve the capacity required for the electricity needs of EVs.

He denied that there were plans to raise prices in order to exploit the extra demand at night, which is when drivers would be recharging their cars. On the contrary, there will be tariffs that will permit customers to take advantage of the off-peak hours.

Last Thursday, Ghosn described his forecast of one EV of every 10 new car sold by 2020 as "conservative." Actually, many manufacturers and analysts expect a much lower demand. [via autonews - sub. required]

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